A NOTE FROM AILEEN
Chris Butler has been my trainer for almost a year, and I am thrilled to be able to present him to you! He has given me the tools to dramatically change my body, my strength, my balance, my fitness and my motivation, even in so short a time. If you’re struggling on your own fitness journey or wanting some motivation to get started, read on and tune in for future posts from Chris.
My Name is Chris Butler, and this is my fitness journey.
My journey began on my 30th Birthday while I was trying to surf in San Diego, California.
My whole youth and early college years were spent playing sports. My twenties were spent doing nothing but drinking, eating and not taking care of a body that I once took so much care of. Over the course of those 10 years I gained over 35 pounds and became very out of shape from bad eating and living habits.
This is what I looked like then:
On the day of my 30th birthday I was trying to swim out to catch a wave but wasn’t able to. I couldn’t even attempt to pull my body weight.
At that point right there I realized how I felt. It was extremely hard to breathe, and I was completely out of shape. I swam back to shore and told my friends and family that I need to do whatever it takes to readjust my life and focus on a healthy lifestyle.
I knew that on both sides of my family high blood pressure and/or heart disease were common and causing issues for family members. I also knew that living like this would probably make this happen to me very soon.
The first and most obvious thing I needed to address was the weight gain and cardiovascular inability to move and be active. Three days later I went home and bought a NordicTrack X9I incline Treadmill and started this journey to become a better and healthier person and father.
Over the course of the next 12 months I dedicated 90 minutes every day to being on that treadmill in some sort of fashion. Losing weight became a second job and focus of mine. Whether it was incline walking or jogging, I would use that treadmill, sometimes twice a day.
I changed my eating habits, and everything I ate was something that came out of my own kitchen. No more fast food trips or restaurant meals. I cooked my own meals and used my juicer daily for natural energy and vitamins.
I lost 20 pounds over the course of 1 year.
The next 12 months were a different story. My focus was still there, but life distractions made it very hard not to be distracted on this journey I had started. I dealt with some family issues, and my house was completely robbed and destroyed during Easter vacation.
The beautiful thing about fitness is that there are always new challenges as well as reasons to become and stay active. This was the beginning of my fitness journey being not only about a health focus but also about stress awareness. It was also a period of self-actualization, realizing I had to take time away from all the things I was dealing with in my life.
Some of my best workouts came under the most stressful times of my life because I was able to release that energy into bettering myself and focusing on the present. As a result, I was able to lose another 12 pounds from healthy eating habits and incorporating a weight training and HIIT Cardio regime.
This continued throughout the year and into the holiday season, but that December my fitness inspiration and purpose changed forever.
THE INSPIRATION TO A GREATER CALLING
I was raised by a single parent mother. The first 32 years of my life she was my mother, my best friend, my doctor, my counselor, and my support system.
On December 29th, 2016, she passed away unexpectedly from high blood pressure or a heart attack. The official cause was excessive hypertension.
Going through her sudden death ultimately changed this journey I had started to become, as well, my passion and the driving force to become healthy, not only for myself but also for her. The last conversation we had was her explaining how hard a time she was having trying to get motivated to work out and be physically active daily.
This conversation left an impression on my heart and mind that there’s probably a large demographic of people who feel the same way. After focusing the next few months on taking care of her estate and funeral, I continued my own personal mission of running and lifting weights daily.
The desire became more intense, as did my workouts. I started to become interested in making this passion and journey a career.
THE NEXT STEP
I started studying for my NASM CPT Certification and also started applying for gym jobs around the area I lived in. I was offered the position to become the trainer for Planet Fitness’ new Surprise, Arizona, location. I took the position and became certified through their company and started to train and help members daily.
The unique thing about Planet Fitness is that their gyms are for first time gym users and people looking for help and structure coming back into the gym. This was exactly where I needed to be because I needed to learn how to train people. It was also a prime place for me to change lives and help others.
Over the course of time working at Planet Fitness I’ve regularly seen around 150 people a week and run 15 classes a day. I became the National Trainer Of The Quarter for a franchise first and developed a Running and Training Guide for members throughout our franchise.
The most important thing I’ve done is to truly change the lives of people I’ve gotten to train and instruct. This has been the most rewarding thing that’s happened in my fitness journey.
AND IN CONCLUSION – AT LEAST FOR NOW
Over this fitness journey I’ve truly seen some of life’s ups and downs along with battling my own life and issues. The most rewarding and challenging thing in a fitness journey is the constant battle never to give up and to want to stay motivated while doing something that challenges ones own self and commitment.
And my example is to show you what I look like now:
The ability to now help others and to become fully committed to my own health and fitness has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
Thanks for reading about my journey. If you have any questions or suggestions about future posts, post them in the comments below. or contact me here:
CHRIS BUTLER, CPT
YouTube: CBFitness Butler
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A FINAL NOTE FROM AILEEN
Aileen here again. Isn’t this a wonderful and inspiring story!! Even I learned things about Chris’ journey that I hadn’t known. His professional commitment and disciplne in his workouts, as well as his commitment to bringing his best to his trainees, remain a constant inspiration to me to continue my own fitness journey.
Chris will be giving us regular information on working out and nutrition. If you have questions or comments, post them in the Comments, below, or contact Chris directly at his contact info, above.
Thanks as always for your interest, and watch this space for more from Chris!
And remember — Fitness with Attitude, everyone!